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Located on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, some 80 miles northwest of Mandalay, Monywa is a popular stopping point on Irrawaddy river cruises. It is also famous as the home of the world's second-tallest Buddha statue, the Laykyun Setkyar.

Monywa Map

“The Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya temple here is rumoured to have over 500,000 images of Buddha, but we stopped counting after a while!”

Charlotte Bower, Travel Consultant

In recent years, Monywa has grown into a major hub for Burmese trade with India - thanks to its fortuitous riverside location. There has been a settlement in this spot since the Bagan period (9th-13th century), and legend has it that the name Monywa (which roughly translates as "cake village") came about when a local king fell in love with a cake seller from the area.

Monywa has several notable attractions - the most prominent (by a long way!) being the Laykyun Setkyar standing Buddha at the Bodhi Tataung monastery. Built between 1995 and 2008 and clocking in at a mega 130 metres (427 ft), this dazzling gold-and-white monolith is the second-tallest statue in the world, outmeasured only by China's 153-metre (502 ft) Spring Buddha Statue. At the feet of the Laykyun Setkyar is a giant reclining Buddha, and construction of an equally massive sitting Buddha is reportedly planned to begin before long.

Another notable attraction in Monywa is the Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya, a Buddhist temple with a large, ornate stupa resembling a more bright and sparkly version of Indonesia's Borobudur.

Recommended Accommodation in Monywa

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Burmese-style inns of Monywa.

Experiences in Monywa

Monywa offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Myanmar's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Monywa

The Climate Guide for Monywa is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 28 31 35 38 37 31 34 33 33 32 30 28
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 14 11 14 19 25 26 26 25 25 23 19 21
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 9 9 8 8 6 4 3 4 5 6 8 8
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 12 11 11
Heat and Humidity Discomfort Low Moderate High Extreme Extreme High Extreme Extreme Very High Very High High Moderate
Days with some Rainfall 1 1 2 4 11 14 15 15 13 9 3 0
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 2 2 2 29 108 123 89 145 172 145 44 6
UV Index (Maximum) 7 9 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 7 6